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From Voldemort to Vader, Science Says We Prefer Fictional Villains Who Remind Us of Ourselves

New research published in the journal Psychological Science shows people may find fictional villains surprisingly likeable when they share similarities with the viewer or reader.
22-Apr-2020 3:50 PM EDT Add to Favorites

APS Journal Research Related to Epidemics: Publicly Available Online

The Association for Psychological Science has made previously published journal research pertaining to epidemics and related health issues publicly available.
19-Mar-2020 12:35 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Update: APS 2020 in Chicago Canceled

Thousands of scientists, educators, and students will gather in Chicago, May 21-24, to share the latest discoveries in the science of psychology during the Association for Psychological Science (APS) 2020 Convention.
6-Mar-2020 10:20 AM EST Add to Favorites

Romance, Scent, and Sleep: The Stuff that Dreams Are Made Of

Forget counting sheep. If you really want a good night’s sleep, all you may need is your romantic partner’s favorite T-shirt wrapped around your pillow.
13-Feb-2020 8:55 AM EST Add to Favorites

Touting flavor before nutrition encourages healthy eating

Most people want to eat healthier, but efforts to encourage healthy eating by providing nutrition information have not drastically changed habits.
3-Oct-2019 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Scientists identify a personality feature that could predict how often you exercise

Individuals who make concrete plans to meet their goals may engage in more physical activity, including visits to the gym, compared to those who don't plan quite so far ahead, research shows.
20-Sep-2019 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Hardship during the Great Recession linked with lasting mental health declines

People who suffered a financial, housing-related, or job-related hardship as a result of the Great Recession were more likely to show increases in symptoms of depression
3-Sep-2019 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Fake News Can Lead to False Memories

Voters may form false memories after seeing fabricated news stories, especially if those stories align with their political beliefs, according to research in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.
21-Aug-2019 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites


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APS Backgrounder Series: Psychology and COVID-19

Through an ongoing series of backgrounders, the Association for Psychological Science (APS) is exploring many of the psychological factors that can help the public understand and collectively combat the spread of COVID-19. Each backgrounder...
30-Mar-2020 2:50 PM EDT

Decisions! Decisions! Decisions! and How We Make Them – Insights from Psychological Science

Wouldn’t it be nice if all our decisions were the results of clear, rational, deductive reasoning? Of course they rarely are. A full range of emotions influence decision-making and experts in the field will look at fear and our transportation...
9-May-2012 9:35 AM EDT

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